Student Life News

Attorneys Softball League

The LBA is recruiting players for the Attorneys Summer Softball League. Both male and female players are sought for all positions. Softball or baseball experience is preferable.

There are only a limited number of spots available on the team roster. The team will play in the weekly Attorneys League at Turners located on River Road Monday evenings. Game times vary from 6:30pm to 9:30pm depending on the number of teams registered. The league will begin play a week or two after Derby week.
 
Contact Steven Valdez at the Louisville Bar Association at 502.569.1357.

National Trial Competition

Next weekend (Feb 18 - Feb 20), the Law School will be hosting the Region 7 National Trial Competition at the Jefferson County Judicial Center.  Fifteen law schools and thirty teams from Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky, will be participating. 

So far, law students have volunteered for over 150 positions throughout the competition weekend, including serving as bailiffs and witnesses, assisting with scoring, and checking-in witnesses, competitors, and judges, etc.  On behalf of the Moot Court Board, thank you!

We still need your help, though!  We need 8 more witnesses for Round 1 (Friday afternoon), 15 more witnesses for Round 2 (Saturday morning), and 15 more witnesses for Round 3 (Saturday afternoon).  If you can volunteer to play a witness during one or more of these rounds, please email Brian Bennett at bmbenn02@louisville.eduMr. Bennett will provide the information you need and will answer any questions that you may have.  This will also count toward your public service requirement.

 

Region 7 National Trial Competition

Next weekend (Feb 18 - Feb 20), the Law School will be hosting the Region 7 National Trial Competition at the Jefferson County Judicial Center.  This year, fifteen law schools and thirty teams from Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky, will be participating in our region.  The top two teams will advance to the National Trial Tournament in Houston, Texas to compete for the national title.

So far, law students have volunteered for over 150 positions throughout the competition weekend, including serving as bailiffs and witnesses, assisting with scoring, and checking-in witnesses, competitors, and judges, etc.  On behalf of the Moot Court Board, thank you!

We still need your help, though!  The host school is responsible for providing 60 witnesses per round.  We need 10 more witnesses for Round 1 (Friday afternoon), 20 more witnesses for Round 2 (Saturday morning), and 22 more witnesses for Round 3 (Saturday afternoon).  If you can volunteer to play a witness during one or more of these rounds, please email Brian Bennett at bmbenn02@louisville.edu.  Mr. Bennett will provide the information you need and will answer any questions that you may have.  This will also count toward your public service requirement.

 

Law School Sustainability Committee

Dean Arnold wants to do a rain garden in the east courtyard.  Professor Nowka wants us to conserve energy, starting first with hitting the off switches on our computers and lights when we leave at the end of the day.  Professor Cross wants an herb garden in the front of the law school (and he'd like to use them in some communal meals too).  Dean Bean wants to do a strategic plan for law school sustainability (and weatherstrip the front door in the east wing).
 
What is sustainability and why  should the law school community care?   Come to an organizational meeting for the Law School Sustainability Committee on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 12:15, Room 075.  Tell us what you want to do, and help us figure out how we can do it.  Questions?  Contact Dean Bean at kathybean@louisville.edu.

Charlene Taylor to be honored at LBA

On Thursday, February 24, the Louisville Bar Association will present a special screening of the film "Uncommon Vision" about the life of John Howard Griffin, author of Black Like Me, which exposed prejudice of the 1960s and impacted the civil rights movement. The filmmaker, Morgan Atkinson, will be on hand to answer questions afterwards.

The celebration continues at 5 pm with a reception and awards ceremony:

- Honoring the winners of Central High School's Justice William E. McAnulty Jr. Essay Contest
- Awarding the LBA Diversity Scholarship
- Recognizing Charlene O. Taylor's many years of dedicated service in the Office of Admissions at the Brandeis School of Law
- Presentation of the Justice William E. McAnulty Jr. Trailblazer Award to Raymond M. Burse of GE Consumer & Industrial Legal

Both program and reception are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Marisa Motley by calling (502) 583-5314 or email mmotley@loubar.org.

Mandatory Bar Program for Students Graduating 2011and 2012

On Tuesday, February 8, at 12:15 p.m, the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, with a member of the Character and Fitness Committee, will present a mandatory bar program on financial responsibility.  The Board of Bar Examiners’ Character and Fitness Committee must certify graduating law students before they are allowed to sit for the bar.  One fact the committee members look at closely is the applicant’s record of financial responsibility. 

David Sloan, Character and Fitness Committee member, and Bonnie Kittinger, Director and General Counsel, will discuss how financial debt can evidence a lack of responsibility and further, how debt can lead to financial pressures and interfere with a lawyer’s duties to his or her clients. 

Attendance at the February 8 program is required for all students graduating at the times noted.  If you have an absolute conflict that will prohibit you from attending the February 8 program, you must notify Dean Bean, kathybean@louisville.edu, and provide documentation concerning your conflict. 

Questions?  Please email Kimberly Ballard at kimberly.ballard@louisville.edu.

Get Your Public Service Hours - Be a Witness

The Law School is hosting the Region 7 National Trial Competition in three weeks.  Fifteen law schools and thirty teams will compete in Louisville to advance to the National Finals in Houston, Texas.  We need more law students to volunteer to be a witness on Friday, February 18, and Saturday, February 19.  This is a great opportunity.  You can earn public service credit.  You can observe some of the best student competitors in action and see the differnt aspects of trial - pretrial motions, opening statements, direct exams, cross exams, closing arguments, and making and responding to objections. 

If you volunteer to be a witness, you will have a copy of your deposition emailed to you in advance.  The preparation to play the witness during the competition should not take longer than 1 hour.  You must simply review your deposition (4 to 9 pages, depending on the witness) and know the facts in your deposition.  The student attorney will prep you before you testify.  It's easy and fun.

If you can volunteer, please complete the sign-up sheet attached.  If you have questions, please ask Brian Bennett or Kimberly Ballard.

Please sign up to participate by this FRIDAY.  This opportunity is open to 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, and 4Ls.

*NOTE:  If you volunteer to play a witness role at the competition, you cannot also volunteer as a witness during the Law School's team practices before the competition.

Witnesses Needed for Trial Competition!

We need a minimum of thirty more witnesses for Rounds 1, 2, and 3 of the Region 7 National Trial Competition on Friday, February 18 and Saturday, February 19.  Can you help?

If you volunteer to be a witness, you will have a copy of your deposition emailed to you in advance.  The preparation to play the witness during the competition should not take longer than 1 hour.  You must simply review your deposition (4 to 9 pages, depending on the witness) and know the facts in your deposition.

If you can help, please complete the sign-up sheet attached.  If you have questions, please ask Brian Bennett or Kimberly Ballard.

The deadline to sign up to participate is FRIDAY, FEB 4.  This opportunity is open to 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, and 4Ls.

*NOTE:  If you volunteer to play a witness role at the competition, you cannot also volunteer as a witness during the Law School's team practices before the competition.

 

Mandatory Bar Program for Students Graduating in December 2011, May 2012, or August 2012

On Tuesday, February 8, at 12:15 p.m, the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, with a member of the Character and Fitness Committee, will present a mandatory bar program for second year law students.  The Board of Bar Examiners’ Character and Fitness Committee must certify graduating law students before they are allowed to sit for the bar.  One fact the committee members look at closely is the applicant’s record of financial responsibility. 

Judge Gary Payne, Character and Fitness Committee member, and Bonnie Kittinger, Director and General Counsel, will discuss financial responsibility in the context of professionalism and a lawyer’s obligation to uphold the values of the profession.  Judge Payne will discuss how financial debt can evidence a lack of responsibility and further, how debt can lead to financial pressures and interfere with a lawyer’s duties to his or her clients. 

ABA Standard 302(a)(5) requires that each student receive substantial instruction in “the history, goals, structure, values, rules and responsibilities of the legal profession and its members.”  In addition, Interpretation 302-6 requires that the School of Law “involve members of the bench and bar in the instruction required by Standard 302(a)(5).”  This program is designed to provide instruction on professionalism issues concerning law students and lawyers and also to satisfy the ABA’s requirement in Standard 302(a)(5).

Attendance at the February 8 program is required for all students graduating at the times noted (primarily this is 2Ls).  Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend.  If you have an absolute conflict that will prohibit you from attending the February 8 program, you must notify Dean Bean, kathybean@louisville.edu, and provide documentation concerning your conflict. 

Questions?  Please email Kimberly Ballard at kimberly.ballard@louisville.edu.

Black History Month Celebration

The LBA invites you to celebrate Black History Month at the Bar Center on Thursday, February 24.  This year's celebration will begin at 3:30 p.m. with a screening of the film "Uncommon Vision: The Life and Times of John Howard Griffin," followed by a Q&A session with critically acclaimed filmmaker, Morgan Atkinson.

The celebration continues at 5 p.m. with a reception and awards ceremony honoring the winners of Central High School's Justice William E. McAnulty Jr. Essay Contest and presentation of the LBA Diversity Scholarship and Justice William E. McAnulty Jr. Trailblazer Award.

Both the program and reception are free and open to the public. Click here for more information or contact Marisa Motley by calling (502) 583-5314 or email mmotley@loubar.org
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